Arlington Heights police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 4:55 AM Tuesday to a report of a tree on fire after a transformer blew in the block of 500 South Prindle Avenue Arlington Heights, Illinois. police and firefighter/paramedics received a report a few minutes later that a resident smelled smoke in their house in the 500 block of South Forrest Avenue. Apparently power backfed from downed power lines in the backyard between Prindle Avenue and Forrest Avenue, just north of Northwest Highway. Firefighters also reported three primary lines down in the backyard. An hour later a tree was still glowing with embers flying in the wind, while firefighters waited for Com Ed for repairs. Com Ed arrived about 6:15 a.m.
A power outage that extended to both sides of Northwest Highway on the east side of Arlington Heights accompanied the downed power lines. Winds at the time of the power outage were steady at about 18 mph and gusting up to 29 mph.
Northwest Central Dispatch System 9-1-1 center switch to automatic emergency generators during the power failure. The Com Ed Mount Prospect Division plant where trucks are dispatched for our area was also without power.
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